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  • But Apple Inc's new mobile payments system- unveiled just ten days ago- is already winning over the heavyweights of the financial industry and signaling the likely demise of lesser payment alternatives.

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its "cool" factor Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs.

  • Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in China's Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

  • US stock market turns mixed after Alibaba debut Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market drifted in afternoon trading as Wall Street watched Alibaba soar in its public debut. ALIBABA IPO: The Chinese giant Alibaba soared 33 percent in its first day on the New York Stock Exchange, gaining $22.38 to $90.45. In terms of market value, the IPO made Alibaba bigger than Amazon.com but smaller than the titan of tech, Google.

  • Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores.

  • Orders for Samsung Note 4 phone begin Friday Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Samsung says U.S. wireless carriers will start taking orders for its large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on the same day larger iPhones go on sale. The Note 4 will be available on Oct. 17. The Note runs Google's Android system and has Samsung-produced extras such as the ability to show multiple apps on the same screen at once.

  • Orders for Samsung Note 4 phone begins Friday Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Samsung says U.S. wireless carriers will start taking orders for its large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on the same day larger iPhones go on sale. The Note 4 will be available on Oct. 17. The Note runs Google's Android system and has Samsung-produced extras such as the ability to show multiple apps on the same screen at once.

  • Cramer takes on Alibaba's list of cons Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    There are plenty of reasons not to buy Alibaba. But do any of them tread water with Cramer?

  • Sept 18- Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday. "I'd put them in a class of Facebook and Google with the scale they have, growth prospects and profitability," said Scot Wingo, CEO of e-commerce software provider ChannelAdvisor.

  • Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

  • SEATTLE, Sept 18- Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce.

  • *Visa exploring options for 5.5 pct stake in Monitise. *Visa fourth-biggest stakeholder in Monitise. Sept 18- Monitise Plc lost more than a third of its market value after Visa Inc, its biggest customer, revealed plans to divest its stake in the company and pursue development of its own mobile payment systems.

  • Alibaba's first day at school: What to expect Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:49 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    There are several reasons I am optimistic that Alibaba—at whatever price—will open to the upside and stay there.

  • How Alibaba stacks up to other tech titans Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    Alibaba's expected valuation is about $175 billion. Here's how that compares with other tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Apple.

  • Google Inc got permits for testing 25 adapted Toyota Motor Corp Lexus SUVs, and two permits each went to Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen AG's Audi, said Bernard Soriano of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are all luxury brand vehicles.

  • Sept 18- Mercedes-Benz, the luxury brand of Daimler AG, has received one of the first California licenses for self-driving cars, the company said on Thursday.

  • What does Alibaba's IPO mean for Yahoo? Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:34 AM ET
    Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer.

    Yahoo will sell part of its stake in Alibaba when the firm goes public and could receive $6 billion after taxes, if the IPO prices at $68 a share.

  • Analyst recommends buying Alibaba AFTER it opens Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:24 AM ET
    A man plays snooker in a hall inside Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April 23, 2014.

    "I do have a buy rating," said Neil Doshi, analyst at CRT Capital Group. But not all market watchers share his optimism.

  • Robots will take over, so you may as well profit Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    AeroVironment's small unmanned aircraft, the Raven Gimbal

    The age of robots as mankind's master is beginning, but don't be Terminator-terrified. Profit from the rise of the machines.

  • Robot bartender—hard drinks from hardware Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:53 AM ET
    Makr Shakr

    Royal Caribbean is introducing a robot bartender, but the experience just isn't the same, says Issac from 'The Love Boat.' NBC News reports.